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MANILA | NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES REVISITED

I don’t know when did the National Museum of the Philippines start offering FREE ADMISSION EVERY SUNDAY that seduced me effortlessly to revisit. What’s definite is the fact that Philippine art, history, culture and heritage are now made more accessible to everyone regardless of economic status. Apparently, Filipinos, particularly those living within the vicinity of…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | SAN AGUSTIN MUSEUM

I’ve been going to San Agustin Church within the historic and cobblestone streets of Intramuros, Manila since my wonder years. My parents used to take me and my siblings to 30 churches every Holy Week back then, and their list included San Agustin Church. But it took more than 30 years before I set foot…

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QUIAPO, MANILA | POSTCARDS FROM PLAZA MIRANDA

Most people equate Quiapo as the heart of Manila, and that includes me. Although I am not a Manileño,  my love affair with Quiapo in the Philippines’ big city dates back long before I started studying my Pre-Med course in one of the oldest institutions, Far Eastern University in 1993, that’s located a stone’s throw…

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WHERE MY FEET BROUGHT ME IN 2013

It takes a formidable spirit to endure 2013.  From the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan, earthquake and armed conflict in our country, The Philippines, to my personal adversities, we could either dwell on tragedy and misery or choose to rise, become better, and move on. The results will always depend on our decisions. Yet in…

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INTRAMUROS, MANILA | 2013 GRAND MARIAN PROCESSION

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of religion, and it is the spirit.” ~ Khalil Gibran Around 3PM, I rode the MRT train from Santolan Station all the way to its last stop in Recto, Manila. Strolled my…

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HOME IS WHERE THE MOST DELICIOUS FOOD IS!

Dessert Sampler.  Believe me, it’s more toothsome than it looks! That enticing sampler platter came with sweet portions of : Ube Creme Decadence (smooth, light and creamy eggless custard filled with purple yam or ube jam and topped by ube cake crumbs), Buco Pandan (Coconut and pandan strips, green jelly cubes or gulaman and tapioca).…

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A WEEK AFTER THE STORM

After being home for 3 weeks from Penang, one of my former Malaysian students sent me a private message on facebook, and asked of our condition in the Philippines. He mentioned, they learned from CNN that our country was ravaged by the recent typhoon. Another Malaysian student expressed her concern about me and our family…

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PENANG | FAREWELL DINNER AT SARKIES, E&O HOTEL

The elegant yet welcoming lobby of Victory Annexe Wing, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang, Malaysia 16 October 2013. Wednesday.  Sarkies at Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang. My second to the last day in Penang after living and working there for more that 3 years was made extraordinarily memorable!  Why?  Simply because the BEST and the…

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A WEEKEND OF MOVIES, FOOD & A DENTIST

August 10-12, 2012. Our weekend officially kicked off at home last Friday night with a mug of coklat (pronounced as choklat, “chocolate” in Bahasa Melayu)-flavored ice cream. Look how Gabby spruced up his own mug. The morning after, Tina, Gabby and I took 2 bus rides and trooped to Sunway Carnival Mall, one of the few malls in mainland Penang (the…

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CHRISTMAS BREAK 2011 DAY 5 PART 2 : THE LEGARDA MANSION

Our Christmas Break 2011 Series includes : En Route To Pinas Day 2 : Ulingan, Tondo Day 5 : Malacanang Palace Day 8 : Bisperas Ng Pasko Sa Ulingan Day 11 : Our Students’ Wedding Day 12 : We Went To Farmville! Day 14 : Our Celestial Weekend at Hotel Celeste Day 19 : Our…

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